We all understand that a workplace needs to be safe for everyone that enters it; but how do you keep it safe? Do you know what safety in the workplace is and how it impacts your policies and procedures? Here are some common terms and what they mean.
OSH, OHS or WHS?
Occupational Safety and Health (OSH), Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) and Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) are all concerned with the safety, health and welfare of people in the workplace. These standards should be a basic human right for each and every worker.
OSH is primarily used in Western Australia, while OHS is used in Victoria. WHS refers to harmonised federal laws, which are yet to be used in WA or Victoria at this stage.
Health, Safety, Environment and Quality (HSEQ)
These are four components of a responsible corporate management approach where is it thought that all accidents are caused by human error and can be prevented with better training and administration.
One of the key things to take away is that under all Australian legislation an employer is obligated to:
- Provide safe work sites
- Assess risks and introduce ways to control them
- Provide safe materials or machinery
- Have insurance and workers’ compensation for employees
- Provide suitable working environment and facilities
Understanding OSH and how it impacts your business is very important. Having clear policies and procedures in place can reduce workplace injuries and help make sure that all your employees are safe, happy and fit for work.
For more information on safety and your obligations, please contact us on (08) 9316 9896 or firstname.lastname@example.org.